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International Experience Canada

Canadian Past Participants

Read some of their stories below to learn about their experience Over 275,000 Canadians have traveled and worked abroad under IEC.  

  • Valerie in AustraliaIn the summer of 2006, I had just graduated from university with my first degree and was faced with the daunting question of whether to do my master’s degree right away or take advantage of one of the many opportunities to go away for a few months of adventure... continue reading Valerie's story

  • Patricia Drake in France“I was 18 when I left for France with the working holiday category of the International Youth Programs (IYP). I had no job, no place to stay, and so I looked for assistance through the swap program, a partner of the IYP .... continue reading Patricia's story

  • Adrian Baker in Brazil"I participated in the International Youth Programs in the Young Professional/Young Worker category. I heard about this program when I asked my student adviser what work abroad programs where available to me.... continue reading Adrian's story

  • Brittani Adams in Hong Kong  "The students actively asked questions and talked to me, which helped me to adjust to Hong Kong life very quickly. I had a very happy two months in Hong Kong!" ... continue reading Brittani's story

  • Gianfranco Varriano in Turkey"The entire process - being approved as an exchange participant and shown the ropes of searching for a job on the database - flew by with ease as fellow students from the university helped me along. It was like being introduced into an entirely new world..."continue reading Gianfranco's story

  • Photo albumYour personal stories about travelling and working abroad are an excellent source of information for our future participants. Share your experience with others who may benefit from an experience as enriching as the one you had?


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